New Delhi, May 3 : More than she missing the Lok Sabha, the outgoing Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Friday said, rather the Lower House of Parliament, including the media personnel should miss her.
"It should also the other way round that the Lok Sabha should miss me. This will also be my achievement and all of you will also feel why this lady is not seen around this time after long time", Ms Mahajan told reporters during an interaction here. "But it is true, the Lok Sabha had almost become part of my life, so I definitely miss it. But I will keep coming", she said answering questions during a briefing on the arrangements being made by the Lok Sabha Secretariat to welcome the new members of the 17 Lok Sabha after the ongoing polls.
Ms Mahajan is among the top BJP stalwarts L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Shanta Kumar, B C Khanduri, Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Kalraj Mishra and Kariya Munda who have been denied tickets for the Lok Sabha polls this year, largely owing to the age factor. She said the kind of reception to be given to the new members should make them understand the sanctity of the place - that is Indian Parliament - they will be in as elected representatives of the people.
"So, the new members and also those who have been already into this House will be expected to maintain the decorum and use dignified language during the proceedings of the House", she said answering a question.
Ms Mahajan informed that the Secretary General of the Lok Sabha Snehlata Shrivastava and other officials are making all arrangements to help facilitate the newly elected members of the Lok Sabha. It can be mentioned here that during a luncheon meet organised for the media persons on February 13 at her official residence, Ms Mahajan in informal chat, had said that the "single biggest" achievement of her tenure was a "lesson by itself".
"I have been a member of the House for long....I also sat among front bench members. In the past, I might have complained against former Speakers Somnath Chatterjeeji and Meira Kumarji, that they have not given me time. But when I sat on the chair, I understood the limitations of how to take all along, do justice to each member and stick to the rules of procedures," Ms Mahajan had remarked. The 76-year-old Ms Mahajan and eight time MP from Indore in Madhya Pradesh also has said another positive thing she felt all along during last five years is that members - irrespective of party affiliations and age showed 'enough love' for her.
"I do not know about respect, that is different. But they definitely showed enough love towards me. This is something I will cherish". During the valedictory session of Lok Sabha on February 13, several members including Prime Minister Narendra Modi heaped praise on her. The newly elected members of the Lok Sabha are given among other things booklets on the Rules of Parliament and Speaker's directions to give them the basic understanding of the functioning of the Lower House. (UNI)